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Deadline for comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program

BLM considers four alternatives:

Alt. A is the no-action alternative which considers the Coastal Plain in its current state;

Alt. B would offer the entire Coastal Plain for lease, under various lease provisions like no-surface occupancy or timing limitations;

Alt. C would also offer the entire Coastal Plain for leasing, but under a different configuration of lease terms and provisions than Alt. B; and Alt. D, which would offer more than 1 million acres for lease with two sub alternatives of lease restrictions that are presented as a way to address caribou use during the summer.

BLM states in the EIS that it will not select the no-action alternative due to the requirements of the Tax Act to hold two lease sales on the Coastal Plain. To see the documents, including maps, go to